In praise of giving thanks and of giving
This week, many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. We likely will take a few moments to reflect on how fortunate we are. Each, in our own way, will give thanks for our many blessings.
As Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas season, we also should reflect on those among us who are less fortunate. And we should pledge to give our time, our dollars and our talents to help ensure lives of others become just a little better.
It is the time of year that we are filled with the giving spirit.
Perhaps this year should be the year to pledge to be filled with that spirit during the next 12 months and the next 12 months and the next 12 months. Goodwill, although welcomed during the holiday season, is not just a once-a-year need.
So as we sit down to eat a holiday meal and before we amble over to the sofa to watch television or head for the kitchen to load the dishwasher perhaps we should think about what we'll be thankful for in November 2001. Will we be satisfied that throughout the past year we have done what we could to make this world a better place for others?
Let's hope our answer will be a resounding "yes."